Lt. Gov. Dubie calls for renewal of Jessica

MONTPELIER With the release of details last week about the abduction and death of 12-year-old Braintree, Vermont girl Brooke Bennett, Lt. Governor Brian Dubie today renewed his call for the Vermont legislature to pass Jessica's Law, and to pass a civil confinement law that would extend prison stays for certain high-risk offenders who have served their terms without successfully completing sex-offender treatment, and who are known to be likely to re-offend. He also called for a thorough investigation of Vermont's laws concerning child sex offenders. Dubie said, "Last Thursday night, I attended a vigil in Randolph for Brooke Bennett. I hugged her grieving mother. Vermont failed a 12-year-old girl who is now dead. There's something wrong here." He went on, "When someone dies in a plane crash, we recover the black box, and investigate thoroughly to learn what went wrong, so we can prevent the same thing from happening again. We owe nothing less to Brooke Bennett, her family, and all the children in our state. "In January 2006 and again in May 2007," he continued, "I called upon our legislature to enact Jessica's Law. Today, I renew that call."

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